TIL Korea's Royal Palace was destroyed during the 1592-1598 Japanese invasions and left in ruins for over 250 years. It was rebuilt in 1860s but later systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan to build the colonial building. As of now, work has been ongoing for over 4 decades to restore the site.

During the 1910-1945 occupation of Korea, all but 10 buildings (out of the original 330) on the palace grounds were razed and the Japanese General Government Building was built in front of the Joseon dynasty throne room.

In 1995, the Japanese colonial building was destroyed with explosives, despite protests from some including the Japanese government, citing its historical and architectural value.

As of 2009, 40 percent of the Gyeongbokgung palace has been restored to its original form.

Picture before the restoration

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